Astros outfielder Yordan Álvarez, back in the lineup after sitting in Games 3 and 4 of the World Series, ripped a two-run home run off of Nationals starter Joe Ross in the second inning of Game 5 in Washington, D.C.
Ross, starting in place of the injured Max Scherzer, allowed an infield single to Yuli Gurriel with one out. He then fell behind in the count 2-1 before Álvarez ripped an outside fastball 405 feet from home plate in center field, breaking the scoreless tie. The homer is Álvarez’s first of the postseason. He entered Sunday’s action with a meager .543 OPS in 54 plate appearances during the playoffs.
Ross was able to escape the inning by striking out Carlos Correa and getting Martín Maldonado to ground out. Gerrit Cole now has a two-run cushion to work with.
LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal.
Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, a day after throwing a 96 mph fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa.
The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty.
Kelly went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to last Sunday with right shoulder inflammation. He will serve his suspension when he returns.
After striking out Corea, Kelly curled his lip into a pouting expression and exchanged words with the shortstop.
Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Houston in the teams’ first meeting since it was revealed the Astros stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts served his one-game suspension the same day the penalty was handed down. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.
Kelly denied that he purposely threw at the Astros. He has previously been suspended in his career for throwing at a batter.
The penalties were imposed by former pitcher Chris Young, MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations, who issued his first ruling since taking over the job from Joe Torre.